SK College Group appoints new principal and chief executive

The governors at SK College Group has announced the appointment of Simon Pierce as the new principal and chief executive of St Helens College and Knowsley Community College.

Simon has replaced Interim principal, Ms Monica Box.

Simon undertook his first teaching role in the further education sector as a lecturer in biology at St Helens College, and over 30 years later, he is delighted to be returning to the college where his career began.

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in FE colleges, including his most recent position as deputy principal at the City of Liverpool College.

He also brings his extensive local knowledge and expertise to his new role, having gained over 11 years’ experience working with Government agencies, including a position as area director for Greater Merseyside Learning and Skills Council and as a senior advisor for the Department for Education in Greater Manchester and Cumbria.

Commenting on his appointment, Simon said: “I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead SK College Group. I look forward to working with students, staff, governors and other stakeholders and serving the communities and employers of both boroughs.”

Susan Jee, chair of governors for SK College Group, said: “We are very pleased with Simon’s recent appointment. He was, without doubt, the ideal candidate the board was hoping to secure.

"The expertise and experience Simon will bring to St Helens College and Knowsley Community College will rapidly accelerate our strategic ambition and secure long-term success.

“Monica has been an exceptional interim principal. The governing body very much appreciates the hard work and dedication she has provided over the last twelve months, which has strategically transformed and positioned St Helens College and Knowsley Community College for what is anticipated to be a smooth and successful transition for Simon Pierce.”

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